ROY — Fourteen of 15 charges of animal cruelty filed against a western Weber County rancher have been dismissed.
The action came last week in Roy Justice Court.
A March 6 pretrial conference was set for the one remaining charge against Justin Barrow, 42.
The 14 dismissed counts were all related to horses owned by a Utah County ranch that is facing 100 or more charges of animal cruelty, said Deputy Weber County Attorney Jeff Thomson.
He said he couldn’t comment on the impact of the Utah County case on the local case, except that investigation is continuing.
Barrow had contracted for care of some of the Utah County horses.
Trudy and Rory Childs are the Utah County ranchers in the news for investigation of dead and dying horses.
Barrow is in a legal dispute with the Childs over payment for the horses he took in.
The Roy Justice Court also has jurisdiction for cases in the unincorporated areas of Weber County.